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By: Allie Marie Smith

What if I told you not to leave?
What if I told you that you would get through this?
That you are stronger than you think you are.

What if I told you this world is not better off without you in it?
But that it is more beautiful because you are here.

What if I told you there are good gifts waiting for you on the other side of this darkness.
That you will smile again.

What if I told you that this is not your fault?
That there is help and hope is alive.

What if I told you we need you to stay?
That you are loved more than you can comprehend and there is a good plan unfolding for your life.

What if I told you one day your pain can be transformed into purpose?
If I told you these things, would you please stay?

What if I told you I was that girl who almost left too soon?
What if I told you I discovered good gifts on the other side of the darkness?
Would you believe there is hope for you too?

I know you feel alone and hopeless, but hope is alive and available to you. You are not alone in your thoughts or in your pain. Many others, like me, have been where you are and have endured hard days to find joy and purpose again. If you are struggling with thoughts of ending your life, please tell someone immediately.

This world needs you to stay.

If you or someone you know needs help, then visit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or 211. You can also call The Lifeline at this number for 24/7, free and confidential support: 1-800-273-8255.